9th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research
April 10-11, 2003
Biology and Chemistry Building Auditorium
Thursday, April 10
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception and Poster Session I
7:30 p.m. Opening Plenary Session
Invited Address on Collaborative Research: Dr. David Williams, Department of History
Arts and Sciences Awards Presentation
CUR Certificate Presentation
Music Performance: Jennifer Tyler
Friday, April 11
7:45 – 8:00 a.m. Poster Session II
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Paper Session I
"Women and the Issue of Abuse in Othello"
Tiffany Nicole Bentley, Department of English
"Women in the Pulpit: The History of Female Leadership in the Methodist Church"
Brett Clifton Maddocks, Department of Philosophy
"Implementation of the Model-View-Controller Design Pattern for the Dice Game, Yahtzee"
Lester G. Kinney, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
"Thermal Methods to Synthesize and Study Nanostructures"
Jennifer Jones, Department of Chemistry, Honors Program
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Poster Session III
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Paper Session II
"The Role of Platonism in St. Augustine’s Conversion"
James Hitchcock, Department of Philosophy
"Structural Adjustments for the IMF?"
Erica Burdett, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
"An Academic Scheduling Application Using the Oracle Call Interface and Visual C++"
Douglas Tomlinson, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
"A Laser Experiment to Demonstrate the Thermal Conductivity of a Nonmetal"
Laura M. Taylor, Department of Chemistry, Honors Program
Leah F. Cassorla, Department of English
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Paper Session III
"The Disappearing American Voter: An Analysis of Voter Turnout in Presidential Elections"
Gregory Ryan Brown, Department of Political Science
"Africa, Racism, and the West"
F. Valdeese Brown, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
"Rotation Periods of Primitive Asteroids"
Melissa K. Williams, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences
"Multiangle Laser Light Scattering of DNA"
Michael Land, Department of Chemistry, Department of Biology
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Paper Session IV
"Democratization in the Western Hemisphere"
Mwita Chacha, Department of Political Science
"An Analysis of Adult Domestic-Partner Violence: Comparing Abuse in Heterosexual, Gay, and Lesbian Partnerships"
Hue Jacobs, Women’s Studies
"Cada Dia Canta Mejor—The Legacy of Carlos Gardel"
Kimberly S. Johnson, Department of Modern and Classical Languages
"The Echols County Project Science Education"
Jackie Clay, Department of Chemistry, College of Education
"West Nile Virus Surveillance in Lowndes County, Georgia"
Russ During, Department of Biology
African American Studies
"Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’", Tammy Terrell Mitchell
"Detection of Arthropod Borne Pathogens with Polymerase Chain Reaction", Tiffinni Godwin and Russ During
"Field Evaluation of Two Mosquito Trap Types in Lowndes County, Georgia", Nekeia Gray
"Seasonal Changes in the Phytoplankton of Lake Louise", Paul Robert Jones
"Organic Compounds in Blueberries and their Health Benefits", Tessa Kim Runge and Njeri Kaittany
"Population Genetics of Potentially Endangered Pearldace Minnows (Cyprinidae: Margariscus margarita) on Isle Royale",
Laine Wheeler and Shana Black
"Reduction of Ketones and Molecular Modeling", Flynt Goodson and Katie Olsen
"The Linear Dichroism of Stretched PVC Films", Nikki Sims
"The Virtual Office: A Blessing or a Curse?", Justin M. Jury
"‘Brick to Click’ Banking: On-Line Banking’s Challenge for Tomorrow ", Douglas Michael Swords
Mathematics and Computer Science
"The Leonid Meteor Showers: Counting at VSU", Anna Rebecca Perry
"Social Implications of the Leonid Meteor Showers", Faith Kelly Wolfe
"The AIDS Epidemic in Africa: An Analysis of the Scope and Causes", Thomas M. Edwards
"The Journey of African American Women through Slavery", Della D. Keitt
"Death Penalty Executions Across the American States", Jessica McClain
Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
"Would You Want to Live Here?", Angela Collie, Ben Worley, Krystal Carver, Bart Edgar, and Alex Grubbs
"Reading (Between the Lines) the Valdosta Daily Times",
Clay Davis, Payton Deas, Kimberly Garner, Katherine Jackson, Martha Jaimes, Eric Marks, Ryan Raines, and Rebekah Smith
"Homelessness in Valdosta, Georgia"
Jenna Leigh Switzer, Kenny Huffine, T.J. Dorsey, Amy Pearce, Tanettra Redmond, Valerie Goolsby, and Carlos Diaz